Virtual Teardown of Samsung Galaxy S4 Suggests $236 Build Material Cost

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  1. dgstorm

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    While we are still anxiously awaiting an actual physical teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S IV by someone like iFixit, the folks over at IHS iSuppli used their Mobile Handset Cost Model Service to do a virtual teardown of the SGS4 so we can at least get an idea of its manufacturing cost. Obviously their report can't be truly accurate without an actual physical SGS4 to breakdown, but it is still a good beginning reference estimate. The final manufacturing cost they came up with was $236 for the materials and $8.50 for manufacturing costs, for a total of about $245. This ends up being about $30 more than the cost of the Samsung Galaxy S3 from last year. Here's a quote with a few more details,

    It's interesting to see how far that build cost is from the final retail price of $600-650. Of course, keep in mind this does not factor in shipping costs, advertising costs and other overhead, so that disparity is likely not nearly as large as it seems.

    Source: SlashGear
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